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Canadian Wineries

by Tony Aspler
Photographed by Jean-francois Bergeron

Firefly Books | July 4, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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The story of Canada''s entry into the world of world-class vintages.

In the late 1980s, the Canadian wine industry embarked upon a radical transformation. Faced with free trade, the end of government subsidies and Ontario legislation that banned native grape varieties from table wine, vintners got serious about planting and nurturing Old World vinafera varieties. Enriching their own growing experience by drawing on that of the global wine community''s winemakers, Canadians began to produce award-winning vintages.

Renowned wine writer Tony Aspler has spent much of his career chronicling this impressive rebirth. In Canadian Wineries, he teams up with principal photographer Jean-François Bergeron and his colleagues at Enviro Foto to profile more than 60 of Canada''s best wineries. To make a selection from the roughly 560 Canadian wineries currently operating, they imposed strict criteria, taking into account the quality of the wine produced and its sustained quality from vintage to vintage, the winery''s influence on the direction and style of the wines in their region, the aesthetic appeal of the winery''s property and setting, and regional representation.

The result is a gorgeous and compelling journey through British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, where we meet some of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the art of winemaking, enjoy a bird''s eye view of their estates and are invited inside the state-of-the-art facilities where the magic happens. A beautiful appreciation of one of Canada''s most inspiring homegrown success stories, Canadian Wineries also includes:

  • Introductory histories to the winemaking traditions in each province
  • Stand-alone profiles of notable Canadian vintners
  • A seasonal guide to visiting wineries
  • The story of ice wine: Canada''s gift of winter to the world
  • Ice cider: Quebec''s winter wine
  • Photographic essays that showcase the diverse landscapes of Canada''s wine regions, fine local dining, local agriculture and regional heritage.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.81 in

Published: July 4, 2013

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770852441

ISBN - 13: 9781770852440

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Canadian Wineries

by Tony Aspler
Photographed by Jean-francois Bergeron

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.81 in

Published: July 4, 2013

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770852441

ISBN - 13: 9781770852440

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Introduction There were, at the time this book went to press, some 560 wineries across Canada. Most make their wines from grapes grown in the region; many produce orchard and berry fruit wines, and some make cider and mead. By the time you read these words, there may well be dozens of new wineries across the country as more and more Canadians succumb to the romantic lure of owning a winery. You may be surprised to know that wine, whether grape- or fruit-based, is made in every Canadian province. The only regions not engaged in winemaking are the territories in the Far North; and with global warming, who knows? In the future, we might just see a Nunavut Riesling or a Northwest Territories Baco Noir. In preparing this book, photographer Jean-Franois Bergeron and I travelled across Canada, at different times and during different seasons, from 2005 until publication, to document in pictures and prose what our wineries do best. In making a final selection as to whom we should include, we had to make some hard decisions. So, what were the criteria we used to determine which wineries should be featured here? First, we were adamant that wine quality across the winery''s portfolio and sustained quality from vintage to vintage should be prime considerations. Those criteria precluded the inclusion of very new wineries, such as Pearl Morissette in Jordan, Ontario, and Culmina Family Estate in Oliver, British Columbia, both of which are already making stellar wines. Second, the wineries i
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Table of Contents

Introduction

British Columbia: Land of Forests, Mountains and Vines
Okanagan Valley
Similkameen Valley
Fraser Valley
Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands

Ontario: The Cradle of Canada''s Wine Industry
Niagara Peninsula
Lake Erie North Shore
Prince Edward County

Icewine: Canada''s Gift of Winter to the World

Québec: Canada''s Undiscovered Wine Region
Basses-Laurentides
Montérégie
Eastern Townships
Québec City Region

Ice Cider: Québec''s Winter Wine

Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Provinces
Annapolis Valley
Gaspereau Valley
Malagash Peninsula

Canada''s Winemaking Champions
Harry McWatters: Meet the Godfather
Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser: Impresarios of Icewine
Jim Warren: Ontario''s Unretiring Wine Advocate
Christian Barthomeuf: Pioneer and Prophet
Roger Dial: The Father of Nova Scotia Wine

Touring Wineries: A Short Guide
A Year in the Vinyard
Timing Your Winery Visits
Winery Etiquette
Three Steps to Tasting

Index

From the Publisher

The story of Canada''s entry into the world of world-class vintages.

In the late 1980s, the Canadian wine industry embarked upon a radical transformation. Faced with free trade, the end of government subsidies and Ontario legislation that banned native grape varieties from table wine, vintners got serious about planting and nurturing Old World vinafera varieties. Enriching their own growing experience by drawing on that of the global wine community''s winemakers, Canadians began to produce award-winning vintages.

Renowned wine writer Tony Aspler has spent much of his career chronicling this impressive rebirth. In Canadian Wineries, he teams up with principal photographer Jean-François Bergeron and his colleagues at Enviro Foto to profile more than 60 of Canada''s best wineries. To make a selection from the roughly 560 Canadian wineries currently operating, they imposed strict criteria, taking into account the quality of the wine produced and its sustained quality from vintage to vintage, the winery''s influence on the direction and style of the wines in their region, the aesthetic appeal of the winery''s property and setting, and regional representation.

The result is a gorgeous and compelling journey through British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, where we meet some of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the art of winemaking, enjoy a bird''s eye view of their estates and are invited inside the state-of-the-art facilities where the magic happens. A beautiful appreciation of one of Canada''s most inspiring homegrown success stories, Canadian Wineries also includes:

  • Introductory histories to the winemaking traditions in each province
  • Stand-alone profiles of notable Canadian vintners
  • A seasonal guide to visiting wineries
  • The story of ice wine: Canada''s gift of winter to the world
  • Ice cider: Quebec''s winter wine
  • Photographic essays that showcase the diverse landscapes of Canada''s wine regions, fine local dining, local agriculture and regional heritage.

About the Author

Wine educator and lecturer Tony Aspler is Canada''s most experienced wine writer. A longtime wine columnist for The Toronto Star, he is also the author of 16 books on food and wine, including The Wine Atlas of Canada and Tony Aspler''s Cellar Book. In December 2007, Aspler was awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions as a leading authority on Canadian wines.

Since co-founding Enviro Foto in 1991, photographer Jean-François Bergeron has travelled extensively throughout Canada, producing work that focuses on nature, cultural heritage and tourism. Bergeron has published four books and regularly participates in exhibitions in Quebec, Canada and abroad.

text by Tony Aspler ; photography by Jean-François Bergeron

Editorial Reviews

Wine tourism is all the rage. Since California introduced the concept of wine tourism, visits to wine destinations around the world, including Canada, have become a feature of the good life. This beautifully illustrated and well-documented book encourages four-season travel in our own country, from British Columbia to the Atlantic provinces by way of Ontario and Quebec. The author suggests nearly 90 destinations where -- between harvests and tastings, wine workshops and cooking classes, on a spring afternoon, a fall weekend, or a winter''s day -- the visitor can enjoy ciders and wines, white or red, still, sparkling or ice, and those who make them. A heady itinerary.
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